If your home’s water heater is around 10 years old or older, you’ll want to pay close attention. There are some big changes coming to water heaters that you need to know about before energy bills increase and the prices of new heaters skyrocket.
Beginning April 15th, 2015 new regulations put in place by the U.S. Department of Energy will go into effect. Water heater manufacturers will be required to meet a new higher energy factor (EF) rating. These regulations will have a major impact on water heaters manufactured after this date including gas-fired, oil-fired, electric, tabletop, instantaneous gas-fired and instantaneous electric.
So, what does this mean to me? Here are a few of the changes that will affect consumers directly:
New units can be up to 35% more expensive.
In most cases, water heaters will be 2” taller and 2” wider than older models.
Installation requirements will be more complicated.
If your heater is located in a small space like a closet or attic, you may incur significant home remodeling costs as relocation of the unit may be necessary.
Not sure if your current water heater is up-to-date? Call Uptown and schedule a consultation with one of our experts. We will answer any questions you may have and provide you with options on the next steps.